The Sorrentine Peninsula, and Sorrento in particular, is a famous and beloved tourist destination both for Italians and foreigners, and it is the full expression of the Neapolitan style and sunny nature of the South Italians in the world, much praised by the songs 'Come back to Sorrento' and 'O' sole mio '. In addition to the postcard images and beautiful coastal views in which sea and sun are the main characters, for lovers of walking and hiking Mount Faito plays the master and needs to be explored. Its name comes from the local dialect word "beech", because the area is especially rich in beech trees, as well as oak and chestnut trees. The paths through the beech trees lead into the heart of the mountain until to its peaks almost touching the sky.
Mount Faito, whose ancient name was ‘Monte Aureum’ is 1,131 meters high and is one of the peaks of the Lattari Mounts, the Preappennine mountain group in Campania, and offers spectacular views of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius, the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno.There are many possible routes on Mount Faito and on the Lattari Mountains. An example might be for example following with relative ease that hiking trail starting from Mount Faito towards ‘Monte San Michele’ until 1,444 m of altitude, better known as Mount Molare for its shape, passing by 'Croce Conocchia' (1,300 m) , and by the spring ‘Acqua Santa’, which flows, according to legend, thanks to the sword of St. Michael the Archangel. The trail is fairly steep, but picturesque, and spectacular especially from the panoramic point of view, because it offers a very broad view of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius, the island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast in the Gulf of Salerno.
The starting point is accessible by car and is about 1,000 m above sea level, from which the road to Monte San Michele may take about 3 hours. Do not forget, in addition to your hiking shoes and a windbreaker, even your camera, water, sunglasses and sunscreen. Other recommended trails are: the walking route from Campo del Pero to Monte Cerasuolo; the walking route from Campo del Pero to Croce della Conocchia through the woods and passing by the hamlet "Casa del Monaco", from which you will enjoy a stunning view on Positano; the route following the ‘Circuito Monte Cerasuolo’, or the route starting from the Sports Centre in Moiano on the mule track, the old road leading to Mount Faito. .
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